Local Life - St Helens - February 2017

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St Helens Edition February 2017

Norman’s

reason to

return

Jack’s Tracks visits Sutton

Test Drive - Evoque Convertible

Local News Motoring Jack’s Tracks Garden Diary Food Home Services

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New Look

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new website, www.locallife247.co.uk, so do

take a look when you have a minute. Among other

things, walkers can download a selection of Jack’s

Tracks and readers can enter competitions, upload

photos and register to get a free online copy of Local

Life every month.

The major change on the website is the launch of

Events2go, our new local what’s on guide. Events2go

is a calendar of events, constantly updated by our

staff and by event organisers.

Events2go is on the website, it’s a fast-growing

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magazine from March too. If you’re a Facebook user,

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Time to get out and about everyone, spring is in

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See you next time

David Sudworth, Editor


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In this issue

Norman’s reason to

return

Regulars

25 Class From The Past

30 Planning

32 Puzzle Corner

43 Jack’s Tracks

47 Test Drive

50 Garden Diary

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Marcus at

home

40

Jack’s Tracks visits

Sutton

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Test Drive

Evoque

Convertible

47

Angie Barker’s

Garden

Diary

50

Sections

6 Local News

40 Food & Drink

47 Motoring

50 Gardening

52 Home Services

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Advertising deadline - Thursday, 28 February

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Dawn’s delight

Dawn Rogers was the lucky winner

of our recent festive hamper

competition.

The Rainhill resident, who lives on Deepdale Drive,

received her prize just before Christmas.

Her name was among several which were pulled

out of the hat for our popular annual giveaway.

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Lane, Coppull, Glenda Lowe of Whitley, Wigan,

Dorothy Gray, of Girton Ave, Ashton and Eleanor

Jones, of Crosshall Brow, Westhead.

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Lost railways

‘I Remember… The Lost Railways of St Helens’ is the

topic at a talk by local historian Allan Moore. Allan

will take you along the tracks of time to a bygone era

at St Helens Central Library on Thursday, February

14, from 2pm until 3pm. Places must be booked

so contact 01744 676954 or email centrallibrary@

st.helens.gov.uk.

Coffee morning

The Inner Wheel Club is holding a coffee morning

on Thursday, February 23, from 10am until noon

at St Julie’s Church Hall, Howards Lane, Eccleston.

Tickets are £1 with all of the proceeds going to

local and international charities, there will also be

multiple stalls and a raffle taking place throughout

the morning.

Get Mucky

Mucky Mountains Morris Dancing Group in St

Helens is looking for new members. They dance

many traditional English dances from all over the

country, and are looking for both dancers and

musicians alike. They meet on Thursdays at St Mark’s

Gamble Hall on Bishop Road at 8pm. To join, call

Helen 07779 935190 or Jeanette 07885 726261. For

more information visit https://muckymountains.

org.uk

Beer festival

This year’s annual Rainhill Beer Festival has been

confirmed for the weekend of November 9, 10

and 11. Organisers are looking for potential

sponsors to get in touch. For further details, visit

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Enid honoured

A Prescot woman has been honoured

for her work in the local arts scene.

Enid Pennington received a British Empire Medal for

her tireless efforts on behalf of the Theatre Royal. She

was a founder member of the Friends of the Theatre

Royal in 1984 and has been a board member and

chairman for over 20 years.

In 2009, when the Theatre Royal roof was beyond

repair, she helped to set up an appeal; inviting

members of the public to have their names put on a

seat of their choice at a cost of £100.

Enid said: “It may not be generally known, but the

Theatre Royal Trust receives no funding and relies

on rent from a tenant and whatever money the

Friends raise during their fundraising activities. This

enables us to keep the structure of the building in a

good state of repair. So anything the public can do to

help maintain this very old Theatre, would be greatly

appreciated.”

In the past year, Enid has reinstated the Name on

Seat idea. For a form, ring Enid on 0151 426 6180.

To become a Friend of

the theatre, ring Andrea

Molyneux on 01744

602542.

To make a donation

towards current repairs,

write to Mr R. B. Platt,

Alpine House, 28 Church

Road, Rainford, WA11 6HE.


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Rainhill’s buzzing!

Rainhill Women’s Institute has a meeting to put the

spring into your garden! Entitled Make Your Garden

Buzz, members welcome Paul Quigley, who is head

gardener at Norton Priory. The talk will take place

in the Teak Room, Rainhill Village Hall, at 7.30pm

on Tuesday, February 21. Entry is £1. For more

information visit http://rainhillwi.com/

Go moonlighting

Locals are being encouraged to put their best

feet forward for the 11th Willowbrook Hospice

Moonlight Walk. It starts at Willowbrook – The

Living Well building - on Borough Road at 9pm

on Wednesday, June 10. The walk will include lots

of entertainment and even a brand new colour

splash section, so be prepared to get messy! Tickets

are £15 for adults and £5 for children. For more

information contact events@willowbrookhospice.

org.uk call 01744 453798 or to register for this event

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Storytellers Aloud

Storytellers Aloud is hosted at Eccleston Library on

the first and third Wednesday of every month. Take

the children down to listen to a story at 3.30pm

with activities to follow. A similar event, Read and

Rhyme, is also hosted at the Broadway facility every

Monday at 2pm and Friday at 10.30am. All are

welcome to go along and enjoy the books, music

and other activities available. For more events,

follow STHLibraries on Facebook.

Life in the 1950s

Want to know more about Life in the 1950s? Graham

Stirrup talks about the decade as a guest speaker

at Queen’s Park Local History Group’s meeting on

Monday, February 13. It starts at 7pm at Sprayhurst

Social Club on Boundary Road, St Helens.. For any

more information contact Pat on 07746 229 122.


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New homes bid

An Eccleston monastery could be

demolished for a new housing estate.

Jones Homes and The Discalced Carmelites are

applying for permission to bulldoze the existing

buildings, apart from the lodge, and erect 12 new

homes at the Green Lane site.

There has been a monastery on the plot since at least

the 1770s, although the current buildings are from

the 20th Century - the earliest being 1914.

Papers submitted with the planning application

to St Helens Council state: “The Carmelite

Monastery buildings are of medium significance

for architectural and aesthetic values. It lacks the

architectural quality of other Carmelite monasteries,

including the locally listed Carmelite Monastery at

Golders Green, Liverpool. Compared to Catholic

churches and associated buildings by well-known

regional architects such as Edmund Kirby, this is a

very plain example of an early 20th Century Catholic

complex. The retention of the convent buildings

is not feasible for two key reasons; the Sisters are

opposed to the former convent buildings being

converted for residential use, for religious and

philosophical reasons, and would not sell the site if

residential conversion was proposed. Also, to adapt

the buildings, particularly the church, for residential

use would entail a substantial level of change that

would further reduce their heritage value.

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Another say on Green Belt

Locals will get at another chance to

comment on controversial plans for

St Helens’ Green Belt.

A consultation - which would mean land across

the borough developed - ended just a few weeks

ago. The council says it is now considering those

responses and will publish a second draft of its Local

Plan in late summer, followed by another round of

public consultation.

In theory, the proposals, which involve land in

Windle, Eccleston and Rainhill, could be radically

altered. However, planners would still need to

identify sufficient land to meet government housing

targets.

Current sites in the frame include:

• Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Road (968

homes)

• Higher Barrowfield Farm, Houghton’s Lane,

Eccleston (8 homes)

• Land south of A580 between Houghtons Lane and

Crantock Grove, Windle (977 homes)

After the next round of consultation, the final draft

will be submitted to a government-appointed

Planning Inspector in autumn, with a pre-hearing

due to take place before Christmas.

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The final part will see St Helens Council adopting a

Local Plan sometime in September or October 2018.

The current plans have caused uproar in certain

areas, with action groups being formed to fight the

proposals.

Campaigners were recently dealt a huge blow after

St Helens Council granted permission for a largescale

warehouse operation just off the East Lancs

Road at Pewfall. The land is currently designated

as Green Belt, although in the emerging Local Plan

proposals, the idea has been put forward to release

it from its protected status.

Details of local protest groups can be found at

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Windle charity help

If you, or someone you know is suffering from

financial hardship, then Windle United Charity

may be able to help. Applicants must live within

the boundaries of the Ancient Township of Windle,

which stretches as far as Moss Bank, Carr Mill,

Fingerpost and much of the town centre. Apply

in writing to Mr. Paul Bargery Haygarth, Jones

Solicitors, 8 Hardshaw Street, St Helens WA10

1RE. All applications are treated in the strictest

confidence.

Rainbow invite

Girls aged five in Eccleston are invited to joining the

local Rainbows group. It meets on Christ Church

Lower Hall on Mondays from 5.45pm-6.45pm. Call

Anne Quayle on 01744 22963.

Players wanted

Woodwind or brass players are needed for St

Helens Concert Band. They meet on Wednesdays,

at 7.30pm, at St Helens Cricket Club, Windleshaw

Road. Call Keith Owen after 6pm on 0151 724 5563

or visit www.sthelensconcertband.co.uk

10k training

People preparing for the forthcoming St Helens

10k are being urged to others in a regular training

session. Join the Team trains every Tuesday, 6pm-

7pm at Queen’s Park Health and Fitness Centre or

Selwyn Jones Sports Centre. There’ll also be an extra

chance to train on Saturday, February 25, from 7am-

8am at Queen’s Park. Race day is on Sunday, March

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Tell Us Your Story!

Local Life is always

on the look out for

news stories from the

local communities

we serve. Are you

raising money for

charity? Are you

a member of a

community group

with something

to shout about?

Maybe you’ve got

an unusual talent, or have a claim to fame? If so, let

us know and you could be appearing in the next

edition!

Simply contact us on sthelensnews@locallife247.

co.uk or call us on 01695 627999.

Prescot awards

Entries are being accepted for the Prescot

Community Recognition Awards. Organised by the

town council, it seeks to recognise those who have

had a positive impact on individuals and the wider

community.

A spokesman said: “Prescot has a strong community,

sometimes the efforts of particular individuals and

groups stand out as being above and beyond that of

a usual citizen. These groups and individuals are not

always aware of the positive impact they can have,

on both individuals and the wider community, and

can go largely unsung for their actions.”

If you know of someone deserving of the award,

complete a nomination form and return it to the

Town Council by the April 30. Nomination forms are

available to download at www.prescottowncouncil.

com as a Microsoft Word document, or call in at

Prescot Town Hall, Warrington Road, to pick up a

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Sale sparks interest

The future of a historic Rainhill

building could become clearer in the

next few month.

Loyola Hall, which was put for up sale with a £1.25m

price tag last year, has prompted interest from a

number of potential investors.

The country house was built by businessman

Bartholomew Bretherton in 1824. The site was sold

to the Society of Jesus in 1923 and subsequently

used as a Catholic retreat centre until 2014.

Members of Rainhill Civic Society’s committee met

a representative of the agents handling the sale of

Loyola Hall at the Hall recently.

decided yet, a number of prospective buyers have

shown interest in the site.

A society spokesman said: “Their ideas cover a range

of options for the use of the buildings and land.

Offers to buy will be considered in the next few

weeks.

“Any proposal by a buyer will be subject to a formal

planning application to St Helens Council. A major

issue, recognised by all, is whether the site should be

removed from the protection of the Green Belt.

“ The main building is Grade 2 listed and any changes

to it would need approval from Historic England.”

It has emerged that although nothing has been

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Deadline looming

The deadline for a children’s writing competition in

St Helens is getting closer. Saturday, February 18 is

the final day for submission to St Helens Council’s

Superhero Story contest. Entries must be about

a superhero and cannot be more than 500 words

long. The superhero can be one from a cartoon or

film - or even a made up one.

First prize is a £35 book token and £75 worth of

books for your school library. Second prize is a £25

book token and £60 worth of books for your school

library. And third prize is a £15 book token and £40

worth of books for your school library. Call in to any

Library in St Helens to collect your entry form for

full details

Model rail exhibition

Rainhill Model Railway Club will be holding its

Model Rail 2017 exhibition on Saturday and

Sunday, March 5 and 6, at Rainhill Village Hall,

Weaver Avenue. There will be 15 layouts, trade

support, club shop, ‘show you how’ demonstrations

and refreshments.. The exhibition is spread over

two floors of the hall, both of which are suitable

for access by disabled visitors. There will be a free

vintage bus service running on both days from the

North West Museum of Road Transport, Hall Street,

St Helens, to the exhibition.

Opening times are 10am-5pm on the Saturday and

10am-4.30pm on the Sunday. Admission prices are

£4.50 (adults), £3 (children) and £12 for a family.

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Class from the past

This month’s Class from the Past is from St

Cuthbert’s School, and is believed to have been

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Business seminar

Businesses are invited to get clued up at a Data

Protection and Data Retention Awareness Seminar.

It is being held on Tuesday, February 28, from

9am-noon at WJB Training & Consultancy, Morgan

Brightside Building, Bradman Road, Knowsley. The

seminar covers issues such as whether businesses

have procedures to make sure they work effectively

and legally.

The information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can fine

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Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, or £30 for nonmembers.

Book via www.knowsleychamber.org.uk

Courses offered

Training courses are being offered for new Home-

Start St Helens volunteers. The group is a family

support charity with a 30 year track record. As well

as needing home visiting volunteers, the group is

also keen to strengthen its Board of Trustees.

All volunteers attend a preparation course and are

DBS checked. They are then linked with a family.

Staff continue to support the volunteers who

generally give around three hours of their time each

week. Attendance for the course is one day a week,

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Sick children fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Helen Marie Charity takes

place at St Mary’s Club, Trent Road, Billinge, on

Friday, March 24. The organisation raises money for

young children who are in hospital. The event is a

1940s-themed evening with people encouraged to

dress up in period costume. Tickets are £12, please

call 01744 734155 or 01744 756298.


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Andy’s gruelling challenge

A St Helens soldier who survived

being blown up in Afghanistan is

undertaking a gruelling challenge for

charity.

Andy Reid, who grew up on Windleshaw Road,

Dentons Green, is attempting to cycle 400 miles,

complete 125 miles of kayaking and climb 17,500 ft.

To be staged over 14 days, this is going to be a

gruelling task for anyone, but especially Andy, who

lost two legs and an arm in the 2009 incident in

Helmand Province.

Andy, who went to Windleshaw Primary and now

lives in Rainford, is doing it alongside another

Afghanistan veteran Glen Hughes, who is recovering

from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The event -

called Warrior Challenge - is in memory of six soldiers

who lost their lives when their armoured vehicle was

caught in an explosion in Kandahar Province in 2012.

Five of the men were from Andy’s regiment.

Monies raised with go to ABF - The Soliders’ Charity

and Style For Soliders, which makes morale-boosting

clothing for injured servicemen.

From June 16-29, the team will cycle 500 miles from

Lytham to Devizes and kayak 100 miles from Devizes,

Wiltshire, to Westminster as they visit the graves of

six soldiers . They will be travelling through Lytham

St Annes, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Bradford, St

Helens, Warrington, Gloucester, Bath, Warminster,

Devizes and Westminster.

For more information and to donate, visit

warriorchallenge2017.com

Planning Matters

Eccleston

5 Millfields: Demolition of existing bungalow

and erection of a four-bedroom dwelling (ref:

P/2017/0078/FUL). A decision is due soon.

Rainhill

Stoney Lane Bridge: Works to bridge parapets in

line with electrification of railway (ref:

P/2017/0022/PN18). A decision is due soon.

Sutton

43 Junction Lane: Conversion of ground floor

to a residential flat and external alterations. (ref:

P/2017/0016/FUL). A decision is due soon.

Windle

65 St Georges Avenue: Single storey front, side and

rear extension. (ref: P/2017/0066/HHFP). A decision

is due soon.

66 Bishop Road: Demolition of existing attached

garage and erection of a two storey side extension.

(ref: P/2017/0062/HHFP). A decision is due soon.

For more information on these plans, visit

www.sthelens.gov.uk


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Puzzle Corner

WORD SEARCH

Find the hidden words

S G U F P S J Y T

B A A R O P A L E

M A M E R C U R Y

P L A T I N U M M

P U G G N E E E E

Y M N C N T T N T

D I E A G E O C I

Z N S C O P P E R

I I I O L O N D O

T U U T D L L E N

G M M I O I N S Y

E R A T L H U R E

R S I L V E R M E

GOLD

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SILVER

COPPER

MERCURY

SODIUM

LOGIC PROBLEMS

PLATINUM

IRON

ALUMINIUM

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5

6 2

2

8

7 9

CLUE: London, Paris and

Charles

Trace a path through all the

letters to find the word or

phrase that fits the clue.

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A bride took her bridesmaids out for a meal.

Each ordered a different type of starter, main

and pudding. Can you work out what they all

ate using the clues below?

CLUES

1. The bridesmaid who

chose an omelette to

follow her mushroom

soup was not Claire.

2. The bridesmaid who

ordered tomato soup

finished off her meal

with ice-cream.

3. Jane’s meal started off

with vegetable soup.

4. The smoked salmon

was finished off with

chocolate mousse.

All the puzzle solutions are on page 47 of this magazine


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Norman’s reason to

return

David Sudworth meets the Whiston actor whose directing debut is

winning both rave reviews and industry awards

Norman Gregory has one of those faces you instantly recognise. Which is

just as well when you’re stood waiting for him in the middle of The Adelphi

foyer at the exact time that three coach loads of tourists decide to check in.

“I’ve grabbed a table over here,” says Norman, leading me through the bustling

crowd to the Liverpool hotel’s palatial dining area.

Brought up in Whiston and a former student

at West Park Grammar in St Helens, the former

Brookside actor now lives in Poole, Dorset. But he’s

clearly pleased to be back on home turf. And that’s

because he’s talking about his directing debut in

the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film A

Reason To Leave.

More of that later because, for now, he’s happy to

reminisce.

“When I did Brookside, I stayed here at The Adelphi. It

was a really low time for Liverpool in the early 1980s.

Even Woolworth’s was boarded up, and remember

thinking to myself: ‘My God, that’s the last place

you’d expect to be boarded up in Liverpool’.

“The Adelphi was a really exclusive place when my

mum and dad were younger, so while I was here and

they were visiting, I got the staff to do afternoon tea

for them. They were absolutely made up.”

family moved out to Whiston when he was still young.

Born in Liverpool, just off Walton Road, Norman’s

“It was 1942 and my mum, Norah, actually got a mortgage on her own, which was

unheard of in those days, because my dad, Chris, was away in the war. Mum is still

going strong at the grand age of 97!”


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Norman with his mum Norah, now 97

The Gregorys moved into 10 Willis Close, just off

Windy Arbor Road, and Norman attended St Luke’s

School: “I later went to St Helens Grammar (West

Park) but I wasn’t a success story there. I only got

one O-Level in art. I remember phoning up my

father and he battered the hell out of me,” he laughs.

“I do remember we had a teacher there we

nicknamed Jinxy. We only had him for one term so

I don’t remember his real name, but I do remember

he worse a denim shirt, which was unheard of at

the time. He taught us Macbeth and that’s when I

realise how exciting Shakespeare could be.”

After leaving school,

Norman became a

photographer and spent

time in Africa, including

during the Nigerian civil

war, where he would

provide aerial survey

shots. And it was while he

was in Africa that he first

As a St Luke’s pupil

caught the acting bug: “I was in Johannesburg and

a guy asked me to an anti-drugs campaign video.

That went fine and when I came back to the UK I

met this old boy who could open a few doors for

me. I then trained at RADA, so that’s how it all began

really.”

One of Norman’s earliest roles was when he

appeared as Detective Sergeant Thornton in

Coronation Street. Since then, he’s appeared in TV

classics such as The Professionals, Solider Soldier,

Emmerdale, EastEnders, Taggart and long-running

police series The Bill. It was during his stint at

Sun Hill Police Station that he worked with Mark

Wingett, who played DC Jim Carver.

Playing opposite Bernard Youens (Stan Ogden) in Coronation Street in 1978


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So when it came to casting the lead role of Harry in

A Reason To Leave, Mark was a natural choice.

“Mark is a really great actor and a good guy as

well. The thing is, we had no money so people

were only getting paid expenses. Mark’s agent at

the time, perhaps understandably, wasn’t keen

but I managed to make contact with Mark directly

through a casting director I know. Once he read the

script, Mark immediately said yes.”

A Reason to Leave tells the story of middle aged

Harry (Wingett), whose drinking and gambling lead

him to make a terrible mistake. He meets a young

“We’re so proud of the

finished result”

woman, played by Alice Bird, (of Footballers’ Wives

fame) on a ferry and she offers him the chance of a

new life. Filming took place in Dorset and Tuscany,

where they literally took over a small village, but

the idea came while Norman was undertaking a

masters degree in digital film direction.

“I remember a news item I’d seen about a publican

who had stolen the pub’s Christmas fund and

disappeared. He jumped off the cross Channel

ferry and drowned. I wondered what would have

happened had he not drowned, but started a new

life abroad. I liked the idea that Harry would find

redemption in an Italian vineyard, ironically given

that alcohol was the cause of his downfall.”

Norman admits that despite casting famous

actors, which also include Claire King, formerly of

Emmerdale, he had been surprised it has scooped

so many accolades. To date, A Reason To Leave

has won three prestigious awards including Best

Director at the Milan International Film Festival.

“I knew I had a great script and fantastic actors, but

the film’s success has been a wonderful surprise.

Making the film wasn’t easy. I had to call in a few

favours. But we’re so proud of the finished result”

A Reason To Leave is now available to rent or buy

at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/areasontoleave

or via www.areasontoleave.com

Norman (right) overseeing filming of A Reason To Leave in Tuscany at dusk


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Food & Drink

Marcus at home

By Claire Spreadbury

Marcus Wareing is a serious chef. Whether

you’ve watched him on MasterChef, Great

British Menu, or in one of his three restaurants, it’s

a word you’d definitely use to describe him. And he

wouldn’t disagree.

“I am serious,” says the 46-year-old. “I’m serious

because I need to take my job seriously, and because

there is a lot at stake. I take everything I do seriously,

but I also now enjoy a lot more and am a little more

open-minded.”

It’s perhaps this new, (slightly) more relaxed persona

“When I think of ‘home’, it’s all about the kitchen, the

that has brought about his latest release, Marcus At

family, laughing and arguing,” says the chef, who

Home, which is fit to burst with recipes that very

hails from Southport, but now resides in Wimbledon

normal folk can try their hand at. And it’s all been

(he recommends a deli there called Bayley And Sage,

inspired by family cooking.

if you’re ever in the area, for the “best fresh fruit and

“I love watching my family enjoy food that we’ve

produce”).

made together and my wife makes a brilliant

And now the kids are growing up, cooking together

lasagne,” says the father-of-three, who’s married to

is something that’s happening more often.

Jane, 45. “I think now, because the children are more

aware of food and are trying more, we as a family are “It can be hell at times, but it is mostly fun,” he says,

starting to diverge into bigger flavours, spicier food, eyes twinkling and a smile spreading across his face.

and just a lot more variety. The kids are not so young “What annoys me about cooking with children - even

any more - they love their food and are growing up. though I do love it - is the mess. Jess always wants to

It’s really challenged me to do something I’ve never cook cakes, Archie will get involved in cookery with

done before, which is focus on food at home.”

his mum and he makes a mean salad sandwich. But

Jake is all about fry-ups, and he hates cleaning up.”

Wareing - who describes himself as “driven, precise

and friendly” - is a lot more easygoing than you Don’t we all? Though I can imagine this is one

might imagine. He’s perfectly polished (his shirt is Michelin-starred chef who won’t stand for anyone

impeccably ironed and his beard not clearing up after themselves, even if they are his

is as neatly shaved as you’d expect children.

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Pumpkin soup

with maple-toasted seeds

Method

Peel and quarter the pumpkin, reserving the skin

and seeds.

Cut the pumpkin flesh into rough 2cm chunks, and

set aside.

Put the skin, seeds, trimmings, bay leaf and

rosemary in a large saucepan. Cover with about 2.5

litres water, bring to the boil and simmer for one

hour. Strain and reserve the stock.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 pumpkin, preferably with blue/grey skin, 2kg

approx

1 bay leaf

1 sprig of rosemary

125g butter

1tsp sea salt

250ml milk

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the maple-toasted seeds:

60g pumpkin seeds

1tbsp maple syrup

1/2tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve

1/4tsp sea salt

While the stock is simmering, preheat the oven to

200C/180C fan/gas 6.

To make the seeds, mix together the pumpkin

seeds, maple syrup, olive oil and salt. Scatter evenly

on a baking tray and bake for eight to 10 minutes,

until golden. Remove and allow to cool, then

roughly chop.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium

heat, and add the pumpkin chunks and one

teaspoon of salt. Cook for about five minutes, until

the pumpkin starts to soften.

Pour in about half of the pumpkin stock and bring

to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, until the pumpkin

is completely soft and starting to break down. Stir

in the milk, remove the rosemary sprig and bay leaf.

Using a stick blender (or transfer to a food

processor), blitz until completely smooth, adding

more stock as required. Season to taste.

Serve the soup hot, scattered with the mapletoasted

pumpkin seeds and drizzled with oil.


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Braised cod with herb

vinaigrette, toasted broccoli,

sprouts & chestnuts

Serves 8

Ingredients

4tbsp olive oil

4 thick skin-on cod fillets

250ml chicken or vegetable stock

1 head of broccoli, broken into florets

12 Brussels sprouts, quartered

2 garlic cloves, crushed

100g fresh or vacuum-packed chestnuts, finely

chopped

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the vinaigrette:

1/4 bunch of tarragon, leaves picked and finely

sliced

1/4 bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely sliced

2tbsp capers, chopped

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

4tbsp white wine vinegar

150ml extra virgin olive oil

1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

Method

To make the vinaigrette, mix all the ingredients

together and set aside.

Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a large, nonstick

frying pan over high heat. Season the cod well

with salt and pepper and carefully place in the pan,

skin-side down. Cook for a couple of minutes until

the base of the cod is nicely browned, then turn

over.

Pour in 200ml of stock and cover the pan loosely

with foil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for a maximum of five

minutes, until the cod is just cooked through.

Heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil

in a wide frying pan, over high heat until almost

smoking. Add the broccoli and sprouts and fry until

browned.

Pour in the remaining 50ml of stock and add the

crushed garlic, then reduce the heat slightly. Cook

for a few minutes until the vegetables are just

tender, then stir in the chestnuts.

To serve, divide the vegetables between plates

and sit the cod on top. Drizzle generously with the

herbed vinaigrette and serve straight away.


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Clock Face &

Sutton

by David Sudworth

By rights, this walk shouldn’t even be possible.

When Sutton Manor Colliery closed in 1991,

it still had 40 years of coal reserves left. But with losses

of £23m in the years running up to its demise, British

Coal had already made up their mind.

Today, the site has been transformed into a woodland

which, due to its recently installed Dream artwork, has

seen the likes of Lord Melvyn Bragg pay a visit. Indeed,

the 20 metre high edifice even inspired the opening

ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Our walk, however, starts hundreds of miles from

there in the car park at King George V Playing

Fields on Jubits Lane, Sutton Manor (WA9 4BB).

We headed through the park, across Walkers

Lane and in to Brickfields Daisyfield Park. We were

immediately greeted by a stunning apple tree

groaning under the weight of some beautifully

succulent specimens - cue a quick dash back to the

car for a plastic bag!

Once our impromptu foraging had ended, we

followed the path all the way round until it emerges

onto Chester Lane. Again, we cross over and go to

the left and into Brickfields Red Quarry. This takes

you through to Clockface Road. Cross over and go


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site and across the fields until you reach Gorsey

Lane. Word of warning - take care when you reach

the road as it’s very easy to step straight out into the

path of fast moving traffic. Cross the road and go

straight into the parkland opposite. Once in, take

the path to the right and follow that round until you

reach the second path off to the right. Take this path

into Clock Face Country Park. The path comes out

on a grassy area which you cross to pick up the main

path. Here, go left and follow the path all the way

round until you reach the car park. Walk the length

of the car park and onto the long tarmacadam

to the left, this time taking the path through Sutton

Mill Dam. This is a wonderfully shaded spot but you

do need to keep to the right side of the reservoir.

When you reach the far end of the dam, go down

the steps and take the path that follows the brook

until it emerges on to Mill Lane. At this point, turn

right and continue along the B5204. After you pass

the old, partially demolished railway bridge, take

the first right into Abbotsfield Road. After about 60

metres you see the start of the public footpath on

your left. Take this and follow it past the industrial

path that takes you down and out past the houses

to Clock Face Road. Cross the road and head into

Miners Way Clock Face. This crescent shaped path

takes you to the entrance of Sutton Manor Wood.

You immediately come to a fishing pond where

you go left and then take the first path on the right,

going up the steep climb. Follow this going right to

take the path up to The Dream.

Public art always attracts varying comments but

the word which best sums it up is probably ‘serene’.

It’s the sort of place you could easily spend a


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The Dream

Designed by Jaume Plensa, the man behind the

illuminated glass dome at BBC Broadcasting House, his

first idea - The Miner’s Soul - was rejected by ex-miners

and a local Steering Group.

Plensa then shared his original idea for the site, which

was The Dream (he held it back originally, fearing it

possibly too daring/conceptual). The concept was not

only the artist’s response to the brief and the town’s

‘Ex Terra Lucem’ motto, but also directly informed

by Jaume’s conversations with the ex-miners and

other members of the local community about their

aspirations.

A total of 6,160 man-hours were spent on site, during

which time more than 5,500 cups of tea and coffee

were drunk. Since being erected in June 2009, The

Dream has featured on Channel 4 and gained coverage

in newspapers across the UK, India, Canada and the

Middle East.

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good half an hour and come up with 30 different

interpretations of its ‘meaning’. Likewise, it’s a lovely

spot just to sit, read a book (my own favourite

pastime) or eat your lunch.

After taking in the view, continue all the way

round Sutton Manor Wood. You can either exit

the wood at the old Sutton Manor Colliery main

gates. This is a real treat for those who love their

mining history, with the National Coal Board name

proudly displayed on the wrought iron design.

A demonstration of the past strength and pride

in an industry which once brought home the

bacon to many local kitchen tables, brought low

by a combination of cheap fuel from abroad and

environmental considerations.

To get back to the car, simply go right to walk back

along Jubits Lane and across to the car park, or

stay in the wood, exiting at the north west corner

opposite the car park.

This five mile walk allows you to see how a northern

town, which has struggled for years to erase the

physical and mental scars of losing its industrial

base, can reinvent itself. The transformation is

ongoing, but whatever the future holds for this part

of St Helens, its beauty is rightly a source of pride.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and

footwear while walking. While every care has been

taken to ensure that the walk is accurate, neither the

publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and

hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or

damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from

negligence, accident or other cause.

LEA GREEN

STATION

Sutton Mill

Dam

Mill Lane

Sutton

Leach

Abbotsfield Road

Chester Lane

Clock Face Road

Gorsey Lane

P

Walkers Lane

Postcode

WA9 4BB

P

Clock

Face

Clock Face

Colliery

Country Park

Sutton Wood

Sutton

Manor

Jubits Lane

The Dream

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Test Drive

Range Rover

Evoque

by Tim Barnes-Clay

Convertible

You have got to ask why people spend so purchase more convertibles than many other

much on a piece of metal with a wheel countries in the EU. Why is this? After all, the UK is

attached to each corner. It almost seems a bit nutty often dank and cloudy. Again, it comes down to

when all most of us want is a tool to get us from A that feel-good factor.

to B.

Going topless when there’s sunshine in our country

But cars aren’t always about transportation. They produces a massive rush - well, it does for me,

can be about our emotions and our egos. Some anyway. It’s a better remedy for melancholia than a

of us use a new car as a status trophy – a badge of happy pill from the GP, I’d bet. But being prescribed

honour to show how well we’ve done in life.

a drop top car isn’t likely to happen at the doctor’s!

I suppose if we have a head-turner of a car in the Speaking of fresh-air motoring, the Range Rover

Western world it’s about pleasure-seeking, too Evoque Convertible has been launched recently.

– and having an easier life. Let’s face it; we would The looks of this SUV take a bit of getting used to,

rather have a shiny, luxurious car to travel around but they grow on you.

in than a rust bucket. And that need for selfsatisfaction

can overrule the down-to-earth side of first convertible – Land Rover believes the all-new

As the fifth fellow of the Range Rover club – and the

us when we are selecting a car.

car will play a key part in continuing Range Rover’s

Some of us kick the word ‘practicality’ to the kerb tale of success, forging a fresh SUV sector. If industry

anyway. I mean, good grief, in Great Britain we professionals’ prophecies about a 20 per cent


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expansion in the international SUV market over the

next five years prove accurate, then, the car firm has

nothing but sunbeams heading towards it.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has a material

roof that can be triggered on the move – as long as

the SUV isn’t doing more than 30mph. The five-layer

top will fold down in around 18 seconds and it will

go back up in approximately 21 seconds.

Inside, the colossal InControl Touch Pro nav is

pleasing – and, more crucially, it works very well.

Genuinely, the pinch-to-zoom function is as quick

as Apple’s iPad or iPhone.

The Range Rover Evoque drop-top will seat four

people and, for a convertible, it has an adequate

251-litre load area, too. The other good thing is that

the roof opens and closes inaudibly and it tucks

away compactly, instead of piling-up on the car’s

tailgate.

You can go for either a petrol unit or a diesel engine,

buoyed by turbo power. This is all linked up to a

smooth-operating nine-speed automatic ‘box, and

all-wheel drive. The 2.0 turbo diesel is the best

engine if you’re after economy, returning around

49.6mpg on average.

The diesel Evoque Convertible shifts from zero to

62mph in 10.3 seconds, which is 1.3 seconds longer

than the hard-top Coupe’s sprint - but both manage

a top end of 121mph. The 240PS petrol propelled

power unit is nippier, getting to 62mph in 8.6

seconds.

On and off-road, the non-tin-top SUV seems

just as gifted as its hard-topped sibling – with

indistinguishable clearances, and a mutual 500mm

wading depth. Indeed, at the car’s European launch

in the French Alps, the Evoque Convertible worked

its way up, down – and through - everything asked

of it – including deep snow.

I doubt many motorists going for a roofless Range

Rover will take the trouble with the off-roading part

– but it is reassuring to know the SUV can do more

than just look sexy in affluent suburbs.

The all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible

is being made at Land Rover’s Halewood plant,

alongside the five-door and Coupe versions, and

it is on sale in over 170 markets around the world.

Prices kick off at around £47,500, which is £5,200

more than a Range Rover Evoque Coupe with a roof.

Fast Facts

0-62 mph: 10.3 secs

Combined mpg: 49.6

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo diesel

Max. power (PS): 180

CO2: 149 g/km

Price: £51,700


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by Angie Barker

Award Winner

Afair amount of my design work comes

from mums and dads whose children have

grown up. Their gardens have previously been laid

out to accommodate family life; large lawn areas

for play, football nets, climbing frames, swings and

the dreaded trampoline. When the children would

prefer to update their status on Facebook and tweet

rather than do cartwheels on the lawn, then it is

time for a change.

Mums and dads are looking to reclaim their outside

space for some adult relaxation and entertaining

and who can blame them. Here are some of my tips

for creating an adult friendly garden:

• Have more than one seating area so that you

always have somewhere to sit in the sun,

whatever aspect your garden has

• Don’t be afraid to use a mix of materials – natural

stone paving and hardwood decking work

well together and look very grown up. (Ensure

decking is not put in a shady spot and that it is

laid correctly so that it does not get slippery)

• By incorporating raised beds in your design you

create interest and height and they are much

easier to tend than borders at ground level.

Chunky treated timber (sleepers) are easy to lay

and look clean and modern

• Reduce the size of your lawn. Whilst it is always

preferable to have some lawn in the garden

downsizing it will mean less time spent mowing

and more time sat on your new patio with a glass

of wine

• Be bold and go contemporary. After years of

allowing the children to dominate your garden

style, update your look by using clean simple

lines

• Create the ‘room outside’ theme by using lighting

- and by having comfortable rattan sofas, you can

use your outside room all year round

Last year I bought an outside bioethanol fuel fire for

our decked area. Hubby and myself spend many an

hour staring into the flames. After all, when the kids

have grown up and left, we could all do with a bit of

romance in our lives (ha ha ha).

Angie is a qualified

award-winning garden

designer who will

plan your garden to

your needs from start

to finish, supplying

reputable contractors

and the ideal plants.

Call Angie now for your free consultation!

Angie Barker Dip GD

(Inst GD) BA (Hons)

Garden Design For All Seasons

Tel: 01942 522 405

Mob: 07857 008 383

Award Winner

www.angiebarker.co.uk


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